Each year approximately 4,500 people apply to the RYA for a commercial endorsement in order to use their RYA qualifications professionally as skipper or crew. You could be doing anything from delivering a new 35’ yacht or driving a workboat with lifting and towing gear, to running a superyacht in the Med. Whatever your job is on board, in the commercial world you are a professional seafarer. As such, you are no different from the captain of a cruise liner – you have a duty of care to crew, passengers, and other water users, and you will be held to account if things go wrong.
The course is broken down into four modules:
- Commercial environment – how you fit into the professional maritime world.
- People – the importance of correct manning, keeping your skills up to date and the safe management of commercial vessels.
- Vessel – the compulsory carriage and maintenance of safety equipment and how to create and implement risk control and operating procedures. ·
- Purpose – making sure your vessel is suitable and legal for the work you are carrying out, your obligations in protecting the environment, appropriate planning and situational awareness.
Following the modules there is a mock assessment so you can check you are ready before moving on to the final graded online assessment.
We estimate users will take around 6 to 8 hours to work through the four course modules. The graded end of course assessment is split into two sections, totaling 2 ½ hours.
All new applicants for a commercially endorsed RYA Certificate of Competence must first pass the PPR course. Anyone renewing a commercially endorsed RYA Certificate of Competence must pass the PPR course prior to their next renewal date, if they haven’t already done so.
Your Online Account
Once you have completed your payment your information will be forwarded to us for processing.
Students have to be manually logged into the RYA sight before login details can be provided.
The login usually is created within 2 working days of booking but can take longer depending on the time of the booking and the availability of the RYA site.
Our aim is to provide the login as soon as we can.
- Practice Assessment:
- There is a practice assessment on the site which students can try a maximum of three times before they start the real assessment.
- Final Assessment:
- Before you start the final assessments you must agree to a legal declaration. You are then allowed two attempts at each final assessment. Each section has a time limit of (60 minutes for part 1 and 90 minutes for part 2) and consists of 15 randomly generated questions. If you don’t complete the assessment in that time, at the end of time allowed any unanswered questions will be marked incorrect. The pass mark is 12 out of 15 for each section (80%).
- What if you don’t pass the Assessment first time?
- If you don’t pass at the first attempt there is an enforced 8 hour wait until you can take the second attempt. This is to encourage you to spend more time on the training modules or to contact you instructor for help.
- What if you fail 2nd time?
- If you don’t pass the assessment after your second attempt you will be advised to seek help from their instructor. You instructor will review your progress and the answers to your modules and assessments and suggest areas that you may wish to work through again to ensure that you have fully understood the required areas. When your instructor is happy that are ready to try again we will contact the RYA to have your assessment attempts reset and you will have a further 2 attempts.
- There is a £12 fee payable to the centre for an account reset.
Your course certificate will be available to download directly after passing the course.